Conventional Fixed Braces
Fixed standard braces are reliable, safe & predictable
Traditional fixed braces use stainless steel brackets and wires fixed to the front of your teeth. They are still commonly used because they are a very effective way to move your teeth, particularly in difficult cases that are not suitable for other types of orthodontic treatment such as clear aligners or cosmetic braces.
Stainless steel braces are generally the most cost-effective orthodontic option available; the wires and brackets are strong and durable and are much smaller these days than they once were. The brackets are attached onto the teeth using a tooth coloured filling material known as composite resin; and the wires are tied into the brackets using elastic rings. These elastics can be customised, and some patients choose to have brightly coloured bands.
Fixed braces usually need adjusting every six – eight weeks and typically treatment duration can range between six to eighteen months, depending on your individual case.
At one80 Dental our Specialist in Orthodontics, Tania Murphy is an experienced practitioner in the use of fixed appliances (braces) and is passionate about helping patients improve the appearance of their smile and is always happy to discuss any aesthetic concerns you may have.
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You can continue to eat a normal healthy diet. There are a few “forbidden foods” but these will be discussed further with you at you assessment appointment.
They are designed for easy removal at the end of your treatment. Providing you have cared for your braces as directed during your orthodontic treatment then no marks (demineralisation) will be left on your teeth once the brace is removed.
Unless your case is particularly complex then it is likely that you are a suitable candidate for clear aligners. However, this cannot be confirmed until you have had a comprehensive assessment and discussion with our Specialist in Orthodontics who will consider and advise you of solutions that are appropriate to your individual case.
After your teeth have been straightened you will need to wear a retainer to hold them in their new position. For best long-term results we recommend that your retainer is worn regularly at night as teeth can continue to move throughout your life.
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